MILWAUKEE - Caitlin Knueppel (Wawautosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored a game-high 19 points and Taylor Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) added 17 as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team won its sixth straight game with a 61-51 victory over Benedictine on Saturday afternoon on Winterfest inside the Recreation Complex.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 61, Benedictine 51
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (16-5, 14-2 NACC), Benedictine (14-7, 11-5 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 332
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a Knueppel three-pointer on the opening possession of the game, the Warriors cooled off.
- The defense kept WLC in the game, however, as it forced nine turnovers in the opening quarter. The scored was knotted at 8-8 after the first period.
- In the second quarter, BenU gained some momentum early and held a 20-13 lead with 3:11 remaining in the half.
- After the defense held the Eagles scoreless for the final 2:04 of the quarter, the Warriors went into the break trailing only 22-19.
- Both teams couldn't get the lid off the bucket in the first 20 minutes of play. BenU shot 30.1 percent (8-for-26) from the field, compared to WLC's 21.7 percent (5-for-23).
- Bahr took over in the third quarter and kept things close, scoring nine points alone in the frame.
- Back-to-back triples from Knueppel and Bahr opened the quarter to give the Warriors a quick three-point lead.
- The rest of the quarter went back-and-forth, but the Eagles held the slim lead at 38-36 heading into the final quarter.
- The Warriors offense busted out in the final frame, scoring 25 points in the final quarter of action.
- WLC clung to a 51-50 lead with just under a minute to play in regulation and its defense stood strong, forcing six straight scoreless possessions for BenU down the stretch.
- Wisconsin Lutheran shot 12-for-13 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and pulled away late for a 61-51 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Knueppel led all scorers with 19 points in the contest. Bahr added 17 on 6-for-12 shooting to go along with seven rebounds.
- Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) was the third Warrior to reach double-figures with 12 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.
- After a slow start, WLC recovered to shoot 39.1 percent (18-for-46) from the field, while BenU shot 36.0 percent on 18-for-50 shooting.
- The Eagles dominated the glass in the game, out-rebounding WLC 46-21. However, the Warriors forced 25 turnovers, which they converted into 23 points.
- The tightly-contested contest featured nine ties and nine lead changes.
- Benedictine was led by Alanna Ferry, who finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
- The Warriors have won 14 straight games over the Eagles.
- WLC returns to conference action next Wednesday when it travels to Concordia Wisconsin (17-4, 14-2 NACC) with a tip time scheduled for 7 p.m. WLC and CUW enter the contest tied for the top spot in the league. In the first matchup of the season in Milwaukee back on January 13, the Falcons defeated WLC 52-23. The Falcons came away with a 70-58 win over Alverno on Saturday afternoon. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.